A Senior Tech Hero

In an era when the Star Trek medical tricorder is well on its way to becoming a reality, we celebrate George Takei, the original Lt. Sulu. As shown in To Be Takei, a documentary on his life currently available in theaters and online, he has dedicated his life to activism. The 77-year-old’s causes include LGBT rights, preserving the memory of the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII, and showing the world that seniors can kick tech butt.

Along with having an active Twitter feed and Facebook page, Takei has been recording a series of videos for AARP on technology innovations called Takei’s Take. They play like brief news reports (most are between 2 to 6 minutes),  and are both informative and great fun. The next time a young salesperson in a computer store condescends to you, just say two words: George Takei!

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Note: If you’re considering viewing To Be Takei with children, please be aware it includes illustrations drawn by some of Star Trek‘s, er, more imaginative fans, as well as Takei’s unfiltered reactions to his old captain, William Shatner.